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 January 28, 2013

Today's Eventstodaysevents 

 

 The Senate will consider disaster relief legislation.  The House is not in session.
 

Development of a 5-Year Strategic Plan for Oil Spill Research in Canadian Arctic Waters, January 28-29, 2013, Calgary. This workshop is sponsored by the Environmental Studies Research Fund (ESRF), a research program which sponsors environmental and social studies pertaining petroleum exploration, development, and production activities on frontier lands. The ESRF is directed by a joint government, industry and public management board and is administered by the secretariat, which resides in the Office of Energy Research and Development, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. The workshop is held in an effort to produce a 5-year strategic plan for oil spill research in Canadian Arctic marine waters.

Media 

  

Study: Alaska, Siberia, Canada May Feel Distant Cities' Heat. Heat rising up from cities such as New York, Paris and Tokyo might be remote parts of Alaska, Canada, and Siberia, a surprising study theorizes. In an unusual twist, that same urban heat from buildings and cars may be slightly cooling the autumns in much of the Western United States, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, according to the study published Sunday in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 

 

Mercury Treaty Adopts Legal Framework Welcomed by Arctic Indigenous Peoples. The Inuit Circumpolar Council says it is pleased with progress made in efforts to reduce global mercury levels. Early this week, more than 140 countries adopted a global mercury treaty at the United Nations Environment Programme meetings in Geneva, Switzerland. The treaty includes legally binding and voluntary measures to regulate mercury emissions, the related health aspects and other concerns. Alaska Dispatch

 

canadian flagWhitehorse to Survey Developments for Possible Population Boom. Whitehorse, the capital city of Canada's northwestern Yukon territory, believes the population could double by 2031. Councillors don't want urban sprawl, but agree that the population has to have somewhere to go. Now, city council is set to approve research into three possible directions. The Yukon Government is prepared to provide $600,000 to survey McLean Creek, Long Lake Road and an area south of Copper Ridge. Senior city planner Mike Ellis said they are all potential neighbourhoods. Alaska Dispatch

 

Business Opportunities Boom in the Arctic. Interest in the economic potential of the Arctic is on the rise. Oil, gas and polar shipping lanes were high on the agenda at the annual Arctic Frontiers conference recently in Troms